About Us

We are British Columbia’s health research agency. We are working towards a future where BC is recognized worldwide for its vibrant, coherent, inclusive and globally competitive health research system, which improves the health of British Columbians, the health system and the economy. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, and Indigenous reconciliation and self-determination continues to guide us.

As a provincial organization, our work extends across many Indigenous lands and territories throughout BC. We acknowledge with respect and humility that our Vancouver office is located on the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Current Funding Opportunities

CANTRAIN Clinical Research Internships

Michael Smith Health Research BC partners with Canadian Consortium of Clinical Trial Training (CANTRAIN), funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to help increase clinical trials training, expertise and capacity in BC and across Canada.

Health Research BC-Mitacs Industry-Based Program

Through a partnership with Mitacs, the program provides graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with a placement at a life sciences company in order to gain business skills within the sector.

Applications are now open for:

Latest News


Dr. Larry Mroz (left) and Dr. Paul Yong (right).

Training supports meaningful patient engagement, collaboration in BC

24 July 2024

How can research teams and organizations better support patient-oriented research? Training and relationship-building are key.


Image for July 2024 update of the Research Approval Process Project.

Research Approval Process Project completes process mapping

The project is now conducting personas and pain points workshops to identify best practices and improvements for future state modelling.


Congratulations to Sherry Sandhu and Aresh Sepehri on receiving the national clinical research internships, supported by CANTRAIN and Michael Smith Health Research BC.

BC among the first to support new national clinical research internships, next funding call now open

23 July 2024

Congratulations to the first BC participants of CANTRAIN's clinical research internship program, co-funded by Health Research BC.

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